The Biggest and The Longest Animals

Which are the biggest and the longest animals of the world? Here is the answer to your question! We have a comprehensive chart with many records for you.

Length + Height = Size

The longest animal is not necessarily the biggest. The elephant, for instance, can get more than 22.9 ft (7 m) long but “only” 12.99 ft (3.96 m) high. You have to consider the height and the length of an animal to find out which one is the biggest.

Therefore, the giant ribbing worm Lineus longissimus is not the biggest animal either – even though it can reach a length of 180.4 ft (55 m) according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Its body only measures 0.19 - 0.39 inch (5 – 10 mm) in diameter. And it does not weigh several tons.

The Blue Whale is the Champion

The blue whale is the biggest animal, because in addition to its length of more than 108.2 ft (33 m) it has a huge circumference and a very heavy body.

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Longest animal Giant ribbon worm L. longissimus * 180.4 ft (55 m)
Longest cnidarian Siphonophore P. dubia ** 131.2 - 164 ft (40 - 50 m)
Longest whale Blue whale 109.97 ft (33.52 m)
2. longest invertebrate Giant squid 60 ft (18.30 m)
Longest carnivore Sperm whale 59 ft (18 m)
Longest fish Whale shark 41.6 ft (12.70 m)
Longest dolphin Orca 32.15 ft (9.80 m)
Longest snake Reticulated python 22.80 ft (6.95 m)
Longest predatory fish White shark 19.6 ft (6 m)
Longest poisonous snake King cobra 18.7 ft (5.70 m)
Longest freshwater fish Beluga 16.4 - 19.6 ft (5 - 6 m)
Longest animal of prey (sea) Southern elephant seal 22.4 ft (6.85 m)
Longest big cat Siberian tiger 10.9 ft (3.30 m)
Longest animal of prey (land) Polar bear/Kodiak bear *** 10.17 ft (3.10 m)
Longest lizard Komodo dragon 9.97 ft (3.04 m)
Longest tortoise Leatherback turtle 8.39 ft (2.56 m)
Longest amphibian Chinese giant salamander 5.9 ft (1.80 m)
Longest mussel Giant mussel T. gigas 3.93 ft (1.20 m)
Longest insect Ghost insect P. chani 22.32 inch (56.7 cm)
Longest frog African goliath frog 12.99 inch (33 cm)

* The giant ribbon worm is also called „long nemertine“.
** Although it is categorized as a siphonophore: P. dubia is basically a sort of colony of numerous little creatures that are firmly connected to each other.
*** The polar bear and the Kodiak bear are almost equally long. Therefore both of them are categorized as the longest animals of prey.

They Cannot be Overlooked!

Sperm whale, giant squid, the giant ribbing worm L. longissimus and particularly the blue whale are among the longest animals. Yet, there are also animals that are not as long but rather tall, such as the giraffe.

If you feel dizzy when looking down a 16.4 ft (5 m) springboard, you get an idea of how things look like from a giraffe’s perspective. Luckily the giraffe is used to hold its head high.

Tallest terrestrial animal Giraffe 16.4 - 19.6 ft (5 - 6 m)
Tallest elephant African Elephant 12.99 ft (3.96 m)
Tallest bird Ostrich 9.1 ft (2.8 m)
Tallest horse Shire Horse 7.18 ft (2.19 m)
Tallest animal of prey Polar bear 5.2 ft (1.6 m) *
Tallest dog Great Dane 3.67 ft (1.12 m) *
Tallest animal of prey Siberian tiger 3.6 ft (1.1 m) *

* Shoulder height

Whale Shark Whale Shark - Photo: Dai Mar Tamarack/Shutterstock

Please Note

You will often find different data regarding the length, height, weight etc. of animals in books as well as in the internet. Why? Sometimes the measurements are exaggerated or contain unintentional mistakes. Sometimes the information is obsolete and has not been updated.

By the Way: The Tallest Human Being

An average adult male human being is about 5.8 ft (1.78 m) and a woman about 5.41 ft (1.65 m) tall (people generally were about 3.9 inch (10 cm) smaller in the Middle Ages). But people can get much taller than this.

The tallest human who has ever lived ... was 8.92 ft (2.72) m tall. At the age of 10 he already was 6.56 ft (2 m) tall. His name was Robert Wadlow and he lived in the USA from 1918 - 1940. The tallest woman of the world was Trijntje Keever from Holland. She was 8.36 ft (2.55 m) tall and lived from 1616 - 1633.

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